The home of Master Gardeners Herman and Donna Albright sits in the rural hills of Tennessee. Here, on several acres of land, the Albright's have turned their gorgeous farmland into a dreamy garden landscape.
My parents have also begun teaching their grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to care for a forest with managed planting and harvesting. Every Spring, they order trees from the Iowa Extension Service, and involve everyone who is available to come and plant – usually more than 50 trees.
Planting bulbs when you can still see the early perennials is ideal. You don’t accidentally slice into unknown bulbs and or damage other perennials when you can see at least a tendril unfurled. I felt confident that they were all safe from my little hand spade. I also planted asparagus, which came as dry roots and required the big spade and two deep holes. I wore a pair of cloth gloves with rubber coating on the palms. These are the best I’ve had so far! Look Ma, no blisters!
I need my green plant fix! I need to smell damp earth! Get me to Florida! Or Southern California! Just get me outta here! Not possible? Take heart! I have some suggestions for you, as well as for myself!